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Pennsylvania Governor Issues Additional Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service (Second Update)

Pennsylvania to Permit Outdoor Dining and Issues Guidance for In-Person Dine-In Service at Food, Beverage, and Hospitality Businesses and Restaurants: New PLCB Guidance on Governor Wolf’s “Meal” Requirement Restrictions

Recently, Governor Wolf and the PLCB issued guidance for hospitality businesses beginning to serve customers inside (green) or outside (green and yellow). We covered that guidance in our last blog post, “Pennsylvania Governor Issues Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service.”

Governor Wolf released updated guidance addressing some of the issues that were presented when the previous guidance was put into action. This blog post will simply outline those changes and the full guidance can be found here.

The changes from the previous guidance include the following:

Indoor Seating for Restaurant, Retail Dispenser, and Hotel Licensees

  • If there is a known fire capacity number, the licensee should decrease that amount by 50%; OR
  • If the fire capacity number is not known, 24 people are permitted per 1,000 square feet
  • Determined by arranging the tables so that no customer at one table is less than six feet away from a customer at another table
  • Method 1 because it is more restrictive (25 persons vs. 30 persons)
  • Method 2 because it is more restrictive (30 persons vs. 48 persons)
  • If a licensee provides seating for on-premises consumption of alcohol, then they must also provide for on-premises consumption of food in accordance with their license requirements
  • Standing in a bar area is not permitted, alcohol service is limited to table or bar service (except golf courses) and no more than four customers with a common relationship may sit together at a bar, all other bar patrons or groups must be separated by six feet
  • If live music is being provided, all existing restrictions on entertainment remain (permits, noise ordinances, etc.)

In-Person Guidance for Clubs and Catering Clubs

  • No more than four customers sitting together
  • No more than 25 persons for a discrete event
  • A minimum of six feet or a physical barrier between customers
  • Food sales are permitted, but not required, at club locations
  • Licensees are encouraged to suspend the operation of amenities and congregate areas non-essential to the preparation and service of food or beverages such as child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades, but it is not required

Breweries, Limited Wineries, Distilleries, and Limited Distilleries

  • The new rules applicable to restaurant, retail dispenser, and hotel licensees are likewise applicable to manufacturing licensees serving on-premises (listed above)

For information regarding national and state liquor law matters or general manufacturing and distribution advice, please contact our Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Practice Group: Liquor Law Department Chair Theodore J. Zeller III, Esquire (tzeller@norris-law.com); David C. Berger, Esquire (dberger@norris-law.com) for Pennsylvania and New Jersey retail and manufacturing licensing; or contact our offices at 610-391-1800.

The information contained in this post may not reflect the most current developments, as the subject matter is extremely fluid and constantly changing. Please continue to monitor this site for ongoing developments. Readers are also cautioned against taking any action based on information contained herein without first seeking advice from professional legal counselFor more topics related to COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

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